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Happy New Year to our thousands and thousands of community participants worldwide!  We hope 2009 will bring each of you much success and happiness in your auto industry endeavors!

As you probably know our network was created in 2003 to connect a group of dealers as they attended Nada's Dealer Candidate Academy.  The community was built to connect the group on a common platform for networking and best practice solution sharing.  Much has happened since these humble beginnings and 2008 was a big year for our community.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • In June of 2008 we opened the community up to all industry professionals as the first vendor neutral, best practice network and innovation community built exclusively for the car business.   We received a very warm welcome and have been amazed at the growth of the community.
  • In addition to the Networking utility, the social mediums we host for our community to share best practice information have grown to include be the largest blog network in the Industry, Discussion utilities, Strategy sharing, Video and Group creation.
  • We launched the first Vendor Rating system for the industry, allowing dealers and dealership employees to rate and review their vendors so others can make the best purchasing decisions.  You now have a mechanism share your good and bad vendor experiences for others to learn from.
  • Since June our membership growth has averaged nearly 30% per month.  Our top users are 1.Owners/Principles 2.Internet Sales Directors and then other Managerial/ Executive positions.  Your are sure to know dozens of others in the community, search their name in the blue header bar and connect to grow your network.


For 2009 we have some aggressive plans and will be bringing more knowledge, more innovation and more proven best practices to the industry.  We will be expanding into additional mediums, so you can receive your content in whatever format you choose.  We have begun the process of building a coalition of power users to act as a community council to guide and direct the development of the community features so we can serve exactly what you need.  Our engineers are focusing on making the network easier and more efficient to use so that we can better connect you with the people and information you need to be successful.  In short, we have big plans for 2009!


We depend on members like you for feedback and participation, so remember, dont be shy.  If you see a discussion on a topic you know something about, post a thought.  If you read a blog and have something to add, leave a comment.  We realize “social networking” is new to many in our industry and we open our arms to everyone.  The benefits to all are huge.  It is said that two heads are better than one and we have the whole industry talking!

We Wish Everyone the Best 2009!  Happy Hew Year!!

If you have questions, an idea for the community or would like to participate as a power user in our community council please email our founder Jared Hamilton at jared (at) drivingsales.com.  We love the feedback!
 

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